Two and a half years.
93,290 words (24,000 of which were written in the past 30 days).
It is done. I met the goal that I set in January — finishing my first draft by the end of 2013.
This is the longest, most complex, most frustrating, and most rewarding project I’ve worked on so far. It’s taught me a lot about writing, about storytelling, about how I work best. It has taken everything — and I mean everything — out of me this past month, but now it is done.
For now. For better or worse, this process has really just begun. There will be revisions — oooh, will there be revisions. But it’s time for a breather. This is a big milestone, and I’m going to celebrate.
2013, man. You’ve been one hell of a year.